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Dentistry Specialties

  • Dentist
    from Philip's Encyclopedia
    Profession concerned with the care and treatment of the mouth, particularly the teeth and their supporting tissues, the gums and oral bones. As well as general practice, dentistry specialities includes oral surgery, periodontics (structures around the teeth) and orthodontics (irregular teeth and jaws).
  • Dental Assisting
    from Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
    Definition: Dental assistants are part of the dental health care team. They assist dentists in delivering oral health care to patients.
    Description: The dental assistant uses interpersonal, administrative, and technical skills to perform a variety of tasks in the dental office. Dental assistants work with dentists when they perform dental treatments. Some of the tasks they perform before and during dental treatment include preparing patients for the treatment, passing dentists instruments and other materials, and keeping patients' mouths dry and clear using suction and other devices.
  • Dental Hygienist
    from Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
    Definition: Dental hygiene is the profession of cleaning teeth and helping patients maintain oral health. Dental hygienists are licensed professionals—key members of the dental health care team that provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic dental services, such as preventive care, dental examinations, and instruction about how patients can better care for their teeth and gums.
  • Orthodontics
    from The Royal Society of Medicine Health Encyclopedia
    The dental specialty concerned with the cosmetic and functional state of the position of the teeth, and the relationship of the upper teeth to the lower (occlusion). Orthodontics takes advantage of the remarkable degree to which tooth positioning can be influenced by sustained pressure, and several different kinds of appliances are used to apply such pressure. These include various types of braces, springs, wires and harnesses. Sometimes small metal attachments are cemented to the teeth so that force may be applied, and sometimes teeth are deliberately extracted to make room.

Dentistry Topic Page

  • Dentistry: Topic Page
    The treatment and prevention of diseases of the mouth and teeth; with medicine and nursing, one of the major health professions.

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